**spoiler alert** Ex-operative John "Talon" Eagleton owed the government fourteen more months of service. A medical discharge, after taking a bullet i**spoiler alert** Ex-operative John "Talon" Eagleton owed the government fourteen more months of service. A medical discharge, after taking a bullet in his back and losing a kidney, put him on the reserve list. He is summoned back for a special assignment involving Maja, the daughter of a scientist who recently died. Code name "AEquana" is a 23-year-old, special ops agent, in need of a partner. A birth defect sets her apart from other humans and the government believes it owns her. After a few words exchanged, the two quickly realize they're attracted and later just possibly in love with one another.
Their first assignment allows Talon to witness her aquatic abilities strengthened by a skin tight tail and her own gills. It also nearly costs them their lives when she decides to move a bomb instead of just tag it. Further assignments spell out extreme danger for these two and one starts to wonder if someone wants to kill one of them.
AEquana demands your attention on several levels. For one, Maja is a human being, despite her unique abilities, who is trapped in a system so deep no one knows about her. They basically enslaved her for their own gain. There is another aspect of her entrapment that is extremely horrible. While reading the book, all I could think of was that in this day and age why doesn’t she have any rights? In terms of John's involvement in her life as a lover and partner, I see him as the only thing strong enough to pull her out of her captors' grasp. John's grandfather and friends add devotion, friendship, love…life itself to a very good book with a real message written on every single page. Mooney's research gives her novel the rough edge needed to make it work. Take note because this fantasy may very well be happening today.
Miranda Sayers’ wheelchair is taking her to certain pain and injury when the ramp on the handicapped van malfunctions. Collin First, who shares an apaMiranda Sayers’ wheelchair is taking her to certain pain and injury when the ramp on the handicapped van malfunctions. Collin First, who shares an apartment in the same building, comes to the rescue. To Miranda’s surprise he seems attracted to her. Their fledgling friendship is just starting when Randi comes face to face with Bud, an eight hundred pound animal like she’s never seen before. Imagine a huge puppy with fangs!
From this almost gentle beginning Linda Mooney powers up a story that I couldn’t put down. Turns out Collin is an Extinguisher from a parallel world. His job is to prevent any of the voracious animals that could literally eat up a city from coming through the Ducts that open up between the worlds. As she spins the story and the love develops between the two, or three, counting Bud, it just gets better and better.
Ms. Mooney doesn’t shy away from the issue of a relationship between a paraplegic and a handsome stud. Instead she lets the story grow with it.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Sandeflay. It parallels our world but some things are so much more advanced just as some things seem primitive in an exotic kind of way. I’m thrilled that I couldn’t predict how this author would work things out. Just when I thought I’d guessed the path she would take she’d veer off on a side path that was much better than the simple storyline I’d envisioned.
This story is rich in characters, love, eroticism and beautiful fantasy. Linda Mooney has done an excellent job of penning a story that will be fun for anyone who likes to get lost in a great book.